Cadence EMX Designer delivers 10x better performance for on-chip passive component synthesis

Cadence Design Systems’ new Cadence EMX Designer, a passive device synthesis and optimisation technology, delivers, in split seconds, design rule check (DRC)-clean parametric cells (PCells) and accurate electromagnetic (EM) models of passive devices, such as inductors, transformers, T-coils and more. Integrated with the Cadence Virtuoso ADE Product Suite, the EMX Designer solution offers more than 10x faster synthesis times, with significant productivity gains versus other solutions, claimed the company.

The EMX Designer solution lets customers rapidly synthesise DRC-clean passive devices at a touch of a button, based on electrical and geometrical requirements. EMX Designer PCells can easily be modified to meet the designers’ exact layout requirements, utilising a long list of options from a user-friendly interface inside the Virtuoso platform. When used with the EMX 3D Planar Solver, the industry’s gold-standard electromagnetic modelling engine, the EMX Designer solution ensures the accuracy of generated models. The seamless integration with the Virtuoso platform offers users various options for plotting and appending results.

“pSemi evaluated the Cadence EMX Designer solution as we were interested in automating the passive device creation and optimisation process for our proprietary PDKs,” said John Sung, vice-president of engineering infrastructure at pSemi. “EMX Designer fully met our requirements for PCell flexibility, speed and accuracy. It is seamlessly integrated into the Cadence design flow and will improve the productivity of our design teams.”

“The new EMX Designer solution adds key technology to our leading Custom IC design flow, delivering the most flexible passive-device PCells in record-breaking time while also enabling significant productivity gains,” said Tom Beckley, senior vice- president and general manager, custom IC & PCB group at Cadence.

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